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ST nordic home meet takes place at Donner summit

The South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School Scott Hudson/Kirkwood Relays nordic races were moved last week from the Kirkwood Cross Country Ski Center to Donner Summit due to lack of snow.

The races took place Friday, Jan. 12, at Auburn Ski Club's home and the races were changed from relays to an individual 2-kilometer skate with interval starts. All nine schools in league competed.

"As the host school, we certainly wanted the event to be at our home course at Kirkwood, but we are grateful to Auburn Ski Club for allowing the event to happen at their facility," said South Tahoe High School head coach Mark Hoefer.

The seniors on South Tahoe will finish their high school ski careers without racing at Kirkwood due to conditions.

Overall, 238 athletes competed — 89 high schoolers and 149 middle schoolers.

"For many of the skiers, it was their first competition of the season, and for all it was the first skate race," Hoefer said. "And even though the course was relatively hilly and challenging, because of the short distance the top skiers completed the loop in under six minutes."

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The Vikings top finisher was junior Christopher Hoefer who sprinted the course in 5 minutes, 39.7 seconds to earn 17th out of 47 skiers.

Also for the Vikings, Ryan Newberger was 20th (5:53), Joshua Novak was 24th (6:08.5), David Holmes was 29th (6:41.4) and David Moreno was 41st (9:49.7).

Jessie Brown led the South Tahoe girls by finishing 20th (7:12.7). She was followed by teammates Nicole Morgan in 23rd (7:58.1), Theresa Sandborn in 27th (8:34), Melanie Maher in 30th (8:59.9) and Sierra Dahl in 33rd (10:53.3).

Krystyna Schembri was the top girls middle school finisher, earning 12th out of 60 skiers. Devin chandler was 22nd, Sawyer Villanueva was 25th, Sydney Tannaci was 29th and Jenni Novak was 32nd.

Cannon Denton was the fastest South Tahoe Middle School boy finishing 13th out 89 skiers. Derek Brushrow was 25th, Stephen Grapinet was 40th, Milo King was 43rd and Max Menke was 44th.

The event is named after South Tahoe high's former coach who passed away in 2010 after battling cancer.